Storytelling From The Air: Drone Videography

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Storytelling From The Air: Drone Videography

Aerial videos produced by chartering helicopters or planes are being replaced by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. We’re seeing a growth in popularity among news organizations, the film industry and companies using drones to capture compelling video for their storytelling. These cinematic techniques are becoming more mainstream, increasing the demand among audiences and producers for aerial video content. It’s now more cost effective than ever before; it’s safe and provides a simple way to boost production value. The opportunities for licensed experienced drone pilots are increasing.

Drone Highlight Reel from instructor Peter Bittner.

Course Overview

Join us for a 3-day workshop on video storytelling with drone footage, and to learn what is required to become a certified commercial drone videographer.  Drone equipment is included for your use during the workshop.

  • Identify how UAVs enhance video storytelling and the added value to the story.
  • Learn the key safety, legal and ethical issues surrounding drone use by media professionals.
  • Learn best practices and workflow before, during, and post-flight.
  • Understanding licensing and certification with the FAA, and drone registration requirements in the United States.
  • How to use a FAA approved app for drone flight approval.
  • Practice hands-on flying a drone with cutting-edge UAV technologies including the DJI Phantom 4.
  • Learn how to cut drone video footage to create an engaging narrative.

Outcome: You’ll leave the course with a drone video highlight reel, produced by you.

Who Should Attend?

Ideal for freelancers, journalists, communication professionals, techies, photographers, videographers, real estate content producers, and anyone interested in pursing a career in storytelling with drones.

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Instructors & Facilitators

Instructors subject to change.

Peter Bittner

Peter Bittner will be the “remote pilot in command” for the drone training program. He has a FAA Part 107 Certificate, which is the equivalent of a drone pilot’s license. His drone photo for the The New York Times was featured on the front page of the US and international print editions of the Paradise Papers story.

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$1,945 USD

10% discount applied to early registrations.

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8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily

Morning coffee & networking lunch provided.

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Richmond Field Station

1301 South 46th Street, Richmond, CA, USA Room 454

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-This is an introductory online course; no previous podcasting experience is required.

-Ability and willingness to learn new skills and work with new equipment and software.

-Basic computer literacy.

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Contact Person

Alexandre Bui

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Questions & Additional Information

We suggest staying in the Berkeley area. Nearby hotels include:

– Faculty Club (on UC campus)
– Graduate Hotel
– Hotel Shattuck Plaza
– Bancroft Hotel
– Extended Stay America or Executive Inn and Suites
– La Posada Guest House

Many of our participants have also found luck with Airbnb.

We currently do not offer transfer option between workshops. 

Cancellations must be received in writing by email to

Cancellations made up to 15 days prior to the start of the program registered for will receive a refund of all monies less the $275.00 cancellation fee. We are unable to refund any fees for registrations cancelled within two weeks of the start of training.

Failure to appear for the training will result in forfeiture of the full course fee.

Changes to the registration at anytime are only by approval of Berkeley Advanced Media Institute administration.

The Berkeley Advanced Media Institute reserves the right to cancel or reschedule training due to low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Berkeley Advanced Media Institute. In this case, applicants are entitled to a full refund of the program fee.

The Berkeley Advanced Media Institute will advise applicants at the earliest opportunity of changes to schedule program. The Berkeley Advanced Media Institute is not responsible for travel fees, or any expenses incurred as a result of cancelled programs.

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We currently do not offer transfer option between workshops.